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Town Tamer (1965)

Approved | | Western | 14 October 1965 (West Germany)
A gunfighter is hired to clean up a wild frontier town, but there are forces afoot who want to keep the town as wide-open as it is.


Lesley Selander


Frank Gruber (novel), Frank Gruber (screenplay)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dana Andrews ... Tom Rosser
Terry Moore ... Susan Tavenner
Pat O'Brien ... Judge Murcott
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Mayor Charlie Leach (as Lon Chaney)
Bruce Cabot ... Riley Condor
Lyle Bettger ... Lee Ring / Marshal Les Parker
Richard Arlen ... Doctor Kent
Barton MacLane ... James Fenimore Fell
Richard Jaeckel ... Deputy Johnny Honsinger
Philip Carey ... Jim Akins
Sonny Tufts ... Carmichael
Coleen Gray ... Carol Rosser
DeForest Kelley ... Guy Tavenner
Jeanne Cagney ... Mary Donley
Don 'Red' Barry ... 'Tex' (as Donald Barry)


The life of Tom Rosser, a town-taming gunman-for-hire, takes a turn when a bullet meant for him, from the gun of a renegade, Lee Ring, kill's Rosser's wife, Carol, instead. Ring, had been sent by the ruthless Kansas gang-leader, Riley Condor, to kill Rosser. The latter goes to White Plains, supposedly to look over property to but his agenda is to kill Condor. Word gets around that Rosser is in town and Condor realizes that his gunslinging henchmen, Horsinger, Tavenner, Slim Akins, Flon and Ring, are no match for Rosser, and he sets in motion a plan that will use the law to eliminate Rosser. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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kansas | year 1879 | widow | doctor | ranch | See All (25) »


THIS WAS THE TOWN WHERE HE MUST KILL...OR BE KILLED! (original poster - all caps) See more »




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Release Date:

14 October 1965 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Revolver diskutieren nicht See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

A.C. Lyles Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Dana Andrews and Lon Chaney Jr. appeared together in another Western the following year, Johnny Reno. See more »


Susan Tavaner's (Terry Moore) hair was so modern, and the lipstick color definitely 1960s. See more »


Doctor Kent: Next time you feel in need of exercise go out and tackle a Montana grizzly bear. He won't maul you as much as Flon.
Tom Rosser: Flon won't touch me again. I'll shoot him down if he makes another threatening move.
Tom Rosser: [the doctor offers him a drink] No thanks.
Doctor Kent: [he empties the glass] Now you know the worst. I drink.
Mayor Charlie Leach: [enters] How's he doing?
Doctor Kent: He'll live.
Mayor Charlie Leach: Good. The last man Flon mangled is gonna be crippled the rest of his life.
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Town Tamer
Music by Jimmie Haskell
Lyrics by "By' Dunham'
Sung by The Three D's
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Another A.C. Lyles "geezer" western
5 August 2002 | by frankfobSee all my reviews

Producer A.C. Lyles made a spate of westerns in the mid-'60s that employed a lot of veteran actors who were, frankly, too old to get work anywhere else. While it was nice of him to give them jobs, the least he could have done was to not embarrass them, and I'm afraid that's what most of these movies do, especially this one. It's about a marshal hired to clean up a town, and the troubles he has and some long-ago secrets he's afraid might come out. Dana Andrews, like pretty much everyone else in this picture, is too old for the part; he was almost 60 when he made this, and age and a lifetime of drinking problems (which he has freely admitted to) had taken a toll on his physical appearance. He's just not even remotely believable as the kind of fast gun you'd hire to clean up your town. Although the cast is filled with old veterans, only a few of them, notably Lyle Bettger, can muster up the energy to turn in good performances. It's not their fault, of course, and the hack script and limp direction by Lesley Selander (who himself was 65 years old by then and had been making B westerns for more than 30 years) doesn't help either. The film has the look of someone who got some old friends together and said, "Let's make a western." While that may be a nice gesture, it doesn't make for a good movie. This one isn't. Avoid it.

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